Behavior Modification: Contributions to Education

Behavior Modification: Contributions to Education

Behavior Modification: Contributions to Education

Behavior Modification: Contributions to Education

Excerpt

The papers in this volume are based on presentations at the Eighth Annual International Symposium on Behavior Modification held in Caracas, Venezuela, February 22-25, 1978. We say "based on presentations" because they are not verbatim accounts of the papers delivered but are extensive revisions prepared specifically for this publication.

The Symposium, sponsored by the Central University of Venezuela, focused on contributions of applied behavior analysis to many facets of education. Participants were invited selectively by the organizing committee so that the program would cover the range of levels of education from preschool to college and a variety of topics associated with educational problems.

Contributions related to programming early childhood education are offered by Etzel, LeBlanc, Schilmoeler, and Stella, and to the development of self- control in young children by Baer, Fowler, Rowbury, Stokes, and Holman. Behavioral techniques for teaching knowledge and skills to young handicapped children are evaluated by Bijou.

Going beyond early childhood, Sulzer-Azaroff discusses problems and trends in applying behavior principles to elementary classes, and Lovitt summarizes his research on curriculum development for mildly handicapped children with academic problems. Becker and Carnine review the extensive data on the national Follow Through research project involving socio-economic disadvantaged elementary-age children, emphasizing contributions of the Direct Instructional Model developed at the University of Oregon. Braukmann and his colleagues at the University of Kansas present recent research on young delinquents in an Achievement Place group home setting. The application of behavior principles to exceptional individuals is presented by Casalta, who describes his research on teaching reading to illiterate Venezuelan adults.

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